3.4.3. Multisort application

Multisort application, sorts an array using a divide and conquer strategy. The vector is split into 4 chunks, and each chunk is recursively sorted (as it is recursive, it may be even split into other 4 smaller chunks), and then the result is merged. When the vector size is smaller than a configurable threshold (MIN_SORT_SIZE) the algorithm switches to a sequential sort version:

if (n >= MIN_SORT_SIZE*4L) {

  // Recursive decomposition
  multisort(n/4L, &data[0], &tmp[0]);
  multisort(n/4L, &data[n/4L], &tmp[n/4L]);
  multisort(n/4L, &data[n/2L], &tmp[n/2L]);
  multisort(n/4L, &data[3L*n/4L], &tmp[3L*n/4L]);

  // Recursive merge: quarters to halves
  merge(n/4L, &data[0], &data[n/4L], &tmp[0], 0, n/2L);
  merge(n/4L, &data[n/2L], &data[3L*n/4L], &tmp[n/2L], 0, n/2L);

  // Recursive merge: halves to whole
  merge(n/2L, &tmp[0], &tmp[n/2L], &data[0], 0, n);

} else {
  // Base case: using simpler algorithm
  basicsort(n, data);

As the code is already annotated with some task directives, try to compile and run the program. Is it verifying? Why do you think it is failing? Running an unmodified version of this code may also raise a Segmentation Fault. Investigate which is the cause of that problem. Although it is not needed, you can also try to debug program execution using gdb debugger (with the OmpSs debug version):

$NX_SMP_WORKERS=4 gdb --args ./multisort-d 4096 64 128

Goals of this exercise

  • Solve the existant bug, program is not properly annotated.
  • Think how the tasks must be synchronized and annotate the source file.
  • Check different parallelization approaches: taskwait/dependences.
  • Check scalability (for the different versions), use other runtime options (schedulers,… )
  • Get a task dependency graph (different domains) and/or paraver traces